575 Wandsworth Road – National Trust

575 Wandsworth Road was acquired by the National Trust in 2010, because of the rich and striking interiors created by Khadambi Asalache (1935-2006), a Kenyan-born poet, novelist, philosopher of mathematics and British civil servant. He bought the house in 1981 while working at the Treasury, and over a period of 20 years (from 1986) turned his home into a work of art.

Prompted by the need to disguise persistent damp in the basement dining room, he initially fixed pine floorboards to the damp wall. He went on to embellish almost every wall, ceiling and door in the house with exquisite fretwork patterns and motifs, which he hand-carved from reclaimed pine doors and floorboards found in skips.

The house stands as he left it, with his painted decoration on walls, doors and floors and with rooms furnished with his handmade fretwork furniture and carefully arranged collections of beautiful and functional objects, including pressed-glass inkwells, pink and copper lustreware, postcards and his typewriter.

Venue Type:

Historic house or home

Admission charges

Discounts

  • National Trust

575 Wandsworth Road – National Trust
575 Wandsworth Road
London
SW8 3JD
England

Website

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/575-wandsworth-road

E-mail

575wandsworthroad@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

020 7720 9459

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